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Report: More EVs and Cleaner Grid Can Lower Emissions Significantly by 2050

Electric vehicles at EV charging stations

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Some studies have found that replacing gasoline vehicles with electric vehicles is like trading one dirty fossil fuel for another if the electricity is coming from a coal-fired power plant. Other studies make a good case for driving electric even in regions dominated by coal.

These studies are helpful if you’re evaluating which car to buy and drive today, but what about in the future? What impact can getting more EVs on the road have as the energy grid gets cleaner? Can EVs make a significant difference in lowering total emissions?

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‘Waste Free Kitchen Handbook’ Offers Advice for Home Cooks

The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders

Even for the most motivated among us, cutting down on food waste at home can mean changing lifelong habits of shopping, cooking and eating. Luckily, there’s a new book that can help. The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders, staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a slim, encouraging guide to wasting less food packed with practical, attainable strategies for busy people.

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Collegiate Sports Are Going Green

Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit

Momentum is growing in the green sports movement as folks are putting more effort into reducing waste and energy consumption at major sporting events. We are excited to see that this trend has spread to collegiate sports, as well. Last week at the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit a new resource was released that will make campuses and sporting events greener.

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Staff Challenge: Grow More Food!

two-tiered garden box

Gray built a two-tier garden box for growing parsley, strawberries and peppers.

For Earth Day this year, we Sustainable America staff members challenged ourselves to work on ways to be greener in our everyday lives. First up is Gray, our director of investments, who said he was going to grow food in containers and compost at home. Here’s how he did…

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Can the EU Reduce Food Waste By Dumping “Best Before” Labels?

"Best By" food expiration date label

Photo: Amy Leibrock

Confusion over food expiration date labels is leading to mountains of food being thrown out before it’s gone bad. A proposed change to the EU’s “best before” label could save 15 million tons of food per year from being wasted. Will the U.S. be next?

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Peanuts and Cracker Jacks and…Compost?

The Seattle Mariners recycled or composted over 90% of all waste generated at Safeco Field in 2013. Image: BioCycle.net

Composting may not be the first thing that comes to you mind when you think about eating at a ball game, but the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working to change that. This week, the environmental group has published the Guide to Composting at Sports Venues, a free resource for stadiums that want to reduce and manage their food waste more effectively.

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The Future Looks Bright for Compost Pioneers

With commercial composting starting to take off, innovative businesses are harnessing the profit potential of turning everyday organic waste into compost for sale – savings tons of food from the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Food Waste Entrepreneurs

These innovative entrepreneurs are turning the crisis of food waste into a profitable business opportunity.

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A New NRDC Report Shows That America Wastes 40% of Its Food

40% of food available to Americans is discarded, and most of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills. A new report by the NRDC has compiled many existing statistics to demonstrate the magnitude of food waste in the U.S.

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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